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Community Right to Bid

Communities have the opportunity to improve their chances of buying local assets like the village shop, library, allotments and pub under the 'Community Right to Bid'. The Right applies to both private and public assets.

What is the 'Community Right to Bid'?

  • The 'Community Right to Bid' was introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and places a new duty on District and Borough Councils to "maintain a list of land in its area that is land of community value", as nominated by the local community
  • If any land or buildings on this list then come up for sale, the local community can be given six months to prepare a bid to buy the land
  • This new Community Right gives local communities more time to assist in buying key assets that are for sale on the open market

Remember the Right to Bid does not require the owner to sell to a community group; it only improves the chances of such an outcome.

More information

The 'List of Assets of Community Value' and the 'List of Unsuccessful Nominations' can be found on the right hand side of this page.

To learn whether you can nominate an asset to be included on this List, what the implications of listing an asset are, the timescales involved and the rights of private landowners please download the Guidance Notes for Community Groups from this page.

If you are a land/asset owner who is concerned about the Community Right to Bid, please see our Guidance Notes for Owners.

Apply for Asset to be Listed

If you are a community group and would like to nominate an asset to be listed on the List of Assets of Community Value, please complete a Nomination Form. Please visit our  Assets of Community Value page. You can find a link on the right hand side of this page